Mississauga is now in stage 3 of Ontario’s re-opening plan. This is what you need to know

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Published July 16, 2021 at 5:21 pm

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Mississauga has entered stage 3 of Ontario’s plan to re-open and this is what you need to know.

While a lot more freedoms are now in place, life has not entirely returned to normal and there are couple of things to consider.

First, face coverings in indoor public settings are still required.

As well, physical distancing is still in place in all settings.

Finally, there are limitations on how many people can gather in one location, particularly when it comes to indoor events.

Still, as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to decline, even looser restrictions are in store by mid-August.

“I am extremely happy to see more of our city reopening, our businesses coming back to life and our residents returning to normal everyday activities,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Over the past several months, Mississauga residents have done their part to get us to Step Three. I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who has followed public health advice to get us to this point. Mississauga is strong and ready.”

In stage 3 the following is permitted: 

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing
  • Indoor dining with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports, culture and recreational fitness facilities subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space. Capacity for indoor spectators is 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less. Capacity for outdoor spectators is 75 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less.
  • Indoor meeting/event spaces with physical distancing and other restrictions and capacity limited to 50 per cent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less)
  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain physical distance
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain physical distance
  • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to 50 per cent indoors and 75 per cent outdoors
  • Concert venues, cinemas and theatres permitted to operate with capacity limits
  • Drive-in and drive through events
  • Real estate open houses with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres; and
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less)

Specific to Mississauga:

Community centres, hockey arenas and libraries in Mississauga will all be back up and running in the next few days, but certain restrictions are still in place.

All major community centres in the city will open for general access on July 19 with full front desk operations resuming by July 28. Reservations will continue to be required for drop-in programs.

All the facilities will still be subject to the guidelines of stage 3 of Ontario’s re-opening plan that puts limits on how many people can gather in one location.

Other openings include:

  • Indoor arenas for rentals on July 19
  • Cultural facilities for indoor and outdoor permits on July 19
  • Libraries (accept the Port Credit branch) on July 19
  • City operated fitness centres on July 21
  • Meeting rooms and gymnasiums will open for rentals on July 26
  • Indoor pools and instructional drop-in programs resume July 28

 

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